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Reuters Last Updated at 07-12-2018 02:27:50 IST

Following is a summary of current health news briefs.

Supernus Pharma's ADHD treatment fails to impress; shares fall

Supernus Pharmaceuticals Inc's treatment for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder met the main goal of two trials, but shares fell about 16 percent on Thursday as the data failed to convince some investors that the drug was better than rivals. Shares of the drugmaker fell as much as 15.8 pct to $38.75.

CVS offers 'guaranteed net cost' for pharmacy benefit clients

Pharmacy chain and benefits manager CVS Health Corp on Wednesday said as of Jan. 1 it will offer a new prescription benefit option guaranteeing its health plan clients 100 percent of any rebates, discounts or other fees paid by drugmakers. The new plan model is aimed at providing greater drug cost simplicity, predictability and transparency, CVS said.

Patients often withhold relevant information from doctors

Patients commonly hold back information from doctors that could help in their healthcare, which could influence the care they receive or even harm them, researchers say. Doctors are familiar with this phenomenon, but it's time now to talk about why patients do this and how to spark better conversations, the study authors write in JAMA Network Open.

Nestle recalls batch of Alfamino infant formula in Germany

Nestle has recalled a batch of its Alfamino amino acid specialist infant formula in Germany, saying a number of the products have a substantially increased dose of minerals that could make children sick. "A baby that consumes a product from amongst these few (faulty) tins, can become sick with symptoms such as nausea, vomiting and headaches," Nestle Germany said on its website late on Wednesday. "We urge you to immediately seek out a doctor in such cases."

'Narrative medicine' may help stem doctor burnout

As reports of rising levels of physician burnout and suicide accumulate, two pediatricians urge medical programs to consider using "narrative medicine" to help humanize practice and begin to treat the heavy emotional toll many doctors experience. Their appeal comes in an article titled, "Half As Sad: A Plea for Narrative Medicine in Pediatric Residency Training," published in the journal Pediatrics.

Scientists urge ban of insecticides tied to brain impairment in kids

Pregnant women should not be exposed to even low levels of a group of chemicals associated with a wide range of neurodevelopmental disorders in children, scientists argue. Pesticides known as organophosphates were originally developed as nerve gases and weapons of war, and today are used to control insects at farms, golf courses, shopping malls and schools. People can be exposed to these chemicals through the food they eat, the water they drink and the air they breathe.

J&J unit to pay $360 million to U.S. to resolve charity kickback probe

A unit of Johnson & Johnson will pay the U.S. government $360 million to resolve an investigation into its financial support of a charity that helped Medicare patients cover out-of-pocket drug costs, the Department of Justice said on Thursday. The settlement with Actelion Pharmaceuticals US Inc, which became a subsidiary of J&J following a 2017 acquisition, was the largest so far to result from an industry-wide probe into drugmakers' support of patient assistance charities.

Roche's Tecentriq wins speedy U.S. FDA review for small cell lung cancer

Swiss group Roche Holding AG said on Wednesday its Tecentriq immunotherapy mixed with chemotherapy won priority review from the U.S. regulator for treating a type of lung cancer, a potential boost to the drug that has been trailing rivals' revenues. The announcement comes after Roche in September said patients with untreated extensive-stage small cell lung cancer (SCLC) lived a median 12.3 months after getting the Tecentriq cocktail, compared to 10.3 months for those getting chemotherapy alone.

Joining a choir may help elders enjoy life

Singing in a community choir may provide some psychological benefit to seniors, a small study suggests. Researchers had primarily hoped to see choir participation yield improvements in elderly people's thinking skills and physical fitness, but that didn't happen. They did, however, see improvements in loneliness and interest in life among seniors in the singing groups.

Migrants tend to be healthier, live longer: study

Migrants tend to be healthier than the residents of wealthy countries they travel to, such as the United States, and often help fight diseases by becoming healthcare workers in those nations, according to a study published on Wednesday. Populist arguments that migrants pose a health risk and a burden to health systems are myths used to drive anti-immigrant sentiment, the report published by University College London and the Lancet medical journal concluded. https://bit.ly/2ASQyqF

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)


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